Ben has been working tirelessly on the MIR Christmas Presents campaign over the past weeks. He raised the concept a few months ago and asked if the rest of the team thought it would be a good idea. We all agreed.
The two charities we are supporting are UK-based Childline and the international United Nations Foundation — both focusing on the health and welfare of children.
As of this morning we’re up to £1,100 in donations. James Whatley was particularly effective recently at Mobile Geeks of London, when he stood on a stool and demanded everyone in the room donate a fiver. Nice one James.
It’s not all about charity though. Oh no. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’ve got a raft of prizes that you could win — it’s a charity draw you see. Every £5 or $10 that you donate gets you one ‘chance’ to win.
The prize rack is looking pretty nifty at the moment:
# A Dell Mini Inspiron with 3G broadband from Vodafone
# An Apricot Picobook Pro Netbook
# Sony Ericsson C902 Titanium – O2 Ã¢â‚¬ËœQuantum Solace’ Special Edition
# 3 Skypephone S2
# 2 x Nokia 6650 – T-Mobile exclusive
# Sony Ericsson W595 – Three exclusive
# Jabra BT8030 bluetooth headset / speaker combo
# Jabra BT2050 mini bluetooth headset
# SuperTooth Voice In-Car bluetooth speaker
# 5 x Free Spinvox accounts
If you’ve got a product or service that you’d like to donate, drop Ben Smith a note and we’ll put it up. But please be quick! The draw is this Wednesday.
Finally, if you’ve had a pretty good year of it — despite the credit crunch joy that’s been surrounding the financial markets in recent months — think about the children. To put our £1,100 in context — just over half of this, roughly £600 — is enough to deliver 60 one-to-one counseling sessions for children distressed by abuse who are asking for help for the first time.
It’s really easy to donate. Click on the relevant link at the page below. Donate a bit of cash. Forward the email receipt to Ben and that gets you entered.